“The Baron’s daughter is missing, and you are the man to find her. No problem. With your inexhaustible arsenal of hard-boiled similes, there is nothing you can’t handle.”

PataNoir is a homage to the classic stories of hard-boiled private investigators with a knack for describing everything with complex similes and metaphors. In PataNoir, you solve problems by manipulating the hard-boiled metaphors used by the main character to make sense of the world in which he lives.

The game is an old-school text adventure, in which you type commands to perform actions.


  • An interactive noir mystery to experience and solve
  • Innovative interactive fiction gameplay in which the metaphors you live by become tools to solve the mystery
  • Simulated book interface
  • Atmospheric illustrations by Lauri Ahonen and Tom Siddell
  • Original theme song by postmodern rock musician William Steffey